Seasonal Recipes

Easter week in the kitchen

It is nice — and unsurprising — to know that in this period of reflection and prayer, Italians have never quite forgotten about their kitchens. And...

Passover in Italy: a beautiful blending of cultures

Jewish populations have called Italy home since Judas Maccabee sent a contingent to Rome in 161 B.C. Although their history is wrought with strife,...

Torta di Pasqua

Easter is a special day for most Italian Americans invoking deep memories of family, childhood and religious obserservance. When celebrating Easter...

Easter Cookies - Campanari di Pasqua

Easter is around the corner and there are plenty of Italian traditions that go with it. I would say that for Italians, Easter is the second most...
Quaresimali Genovesi, delicious cookies while waiting for Easter

Quaresimali Genovesi, delicious cookies while waiting for Easter

These biscuits made during the Lent time are sweets of ancient tradition, produced by mixing sugar, water and almond paste. They are packaged in the...

Recipes for an early spring day: pomegranate panna cotta

The beginning of Spring leaves me craving bright, beautiful sun-filled color in every corner of my world. And my kitchen is no exception. I return...

The thousand secrets of farro

Spelt, known to the ancient Romans as far, used to be their most common and best loved cereal up to the first republican period (509-264 BC). After,...

Chiacchiere e frittelle: Carnevale’s sweet pastries par excellence

It’s coming up to Carnival time and bakeries in Italy have trays of ‘chiacchiere’ in their windows. Think a pastry that is thin, crispy, fried and...

Warm up the Winter with a delicious risotto al radicchio

In our market in Montalcino last week, the Winter array of radicchios were on full display. Tucked in alongside the Winter squashes and bright piles...

Meeting panettone and pandoro’s cousin: buccellato

Christmas desserts in Italy are usually always associated with panettone and pandoro, and people usually have a firm favorite of the two.  I love...

The tradition of Quinto Quarto cuisine: Trippa alla Romana

The term quinto quarto, “the fifth quarter,” refers to a type of cuisine born from poor, peasant kitchens, and the term itself originates from Rome...

The flavors of Autunno: rotolo di tacchino con frittata

As the season cycles back to Fall and the air begins to chill, the Italian table is frequently graced with delicious roasts that highlight the...

Castagnaccio: a traditional Autumn Tuscan treat

With rain forecast for the next few days, and as 1st November is a public holiday here in Italy, why not spend some time in the kitchen making a...

A sweet Italian tradition: cotognata

Cotognata is a sweet jelly made from quince and commonly known in English as quince paste. In Spain it is called membrillo. The quince is a special...

Impress the guests: timballo di riso con melanzane

Aompany coming? Impress your guests with a spectacular timballo di riso, a Sicilian dish named after the mold in which it is typically made. The...